By Harichandan Arakali
BANGALORE (Reuters) - HCL Technologies
Shares of the company, valued at about $7.9 billion, rose as much as 3.83 percent to 606.9 rupees in early Mumbai trading, their highest since March 2000. The shares were up 0.6 percent at 10:18 a.m.
Consolidated net profit for the fiscal first quarter that ended September rose to 8.85 billion rupees from 4.97 billion rupees for the year-earlier period. Analysts were expecting profit to rise to 8 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters data.
"This is a time when clients are really looking to cut costs, especially in many areas of services that are becoming commoditised. The company's strategy is perfectly right for that," said Hardik Shah, an analyst with K R Choksey Shares and Securities in Mumbai. Shah has an "accumulate" rating on the stock.
HCL Technologies, whose customers include Freescale Semiconductor
India's $100 billion-a-year outsourcing industry, which gets nearly 75 percent of its revenue from the United States and Europe, may grow exports 11-14 percent in the current fiscal year that ends March 2013, according to the National Association of Software and Services Companies, or NASSCOM, an industry lobby.
HCL Technologies' September-quarter sales rose 11.1 percent from the year earlier, in dollar terms.
HCL did not issue a full-year forecast. Top-ranked Tata Consultancy Services
(Additional Reporting By Manoj Dharra in Mumbai; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Muralikumar Anantharaman)